Supplemental Instruction (SI) involves utilizing a model student/near peer who has recently and successfully completed a course to attend the course a second time and lead peer-facilitated study sessions over the course content. Since 1973, the data supporting the effectiveness of this model have remained consistent; on average, students who regularly attend SI sessions earn a half to a full letter grade higher and earn D’s, F’s, and withdraw from courses less frequently than students who do not attend SI sessions.

The accreditation initiative sets out key components of SI that programs across the United States must be doing in order to qualify to be an accredited SI program. While SI is by nature flexible, there has been a growing demand in the last decade to provide a way to showcase SI programs to distinguish those programs that are adhering to core principles of the model and receive development and coaching from the staff at the International Center for SI. These criteria are called the Core Four. Click each drop down list below to read an explanation of each requirement and how the documents submitted in the accreditation application should demonstrate a program’s adoption of the Core Four.

One - Trained by the International Center

For initial accreditation only: The program coordinator must be trained by a Certified SI Trainer from the International Center for SI at UMKC.


    This requirement ensures that there is a current staff member at the institution who has received training from the International Center (either on-site, in Kansas City, or online via SI Supervisor Training Online) in the last five years. Applications should include their SI Training certificate of completion or the staff person’s name and dates of the training attended so that attendance can be verified.

Two - SI Leader Training and Support

The program must require and provide intensive training both at the beginning of the semester and throughout the semester for SI Leaders, as well as a robust observation schedule.


      • SI Leader training is a critical component of any SI program. To qualify for accreditation, a pre-semester SI Leader training should include a focus on collaborative learning techniques, facilitation strategies, and learning strategies. The pre-semester training should also include an opportunity for Leaders to observe an ideal SI session and to practice running their own mock SI session. Programs must also hold ongoing SI Leader meetings throughout the semester to offer Leaders opportunities for professional development and to troubleshoot session concerns. Accreditation applications should include agendas for pre-semester training and ongoing meetings that demonstrate these items are included.


      • Accredited SI programs will demonstrate their commitment to a robust observation schedule by submitting their observation schedule from the most recent semester that shows Leaders are observed at various times throughout the semester. Observation sheets will also be submitted, and these will demonstrate the observer’s focus on facilitation strategies, the beginning/middle/closing structure, and use of collaborative learning techniques.

Three - Strong Focus on Planning

The program must include an intensive focus on SI Leaders planning sessions and those sessions being regularly observed by program staff or anyone associated with the program whose knowledge of SI is strong enough for them to provide constructive feedback for SI Leaders.


      • SI session planning is a key component of the SI model. The SI Leader must prepare for the session by organizing activities and anticipating student needs. This is one of the unique features of SI, and thus is an important part of the accreditation application. All planning sheets submitted as part of the application for accreditation must show use of opening, middle, and closing activities, as well as collaborative learning techniques. All supplemental materials to SI Leader plans should also be included in the accreditation application.

Four - Class Attendance & Program Evaluation

The program must require that SI Leaders attend class sessions; the program must also demonstrate robust student attendance, GPA, and DFW data.


      • SI Leaders must attend a minimum of 60% of regularly scheduled class sessions throughout the semester. The SI program itself must average at least 15% attendance at all SI sessions and show a data trend consistent with SI’s research claim; namely, students must earn, on average, half to a full letter grade higher and there must be a DFW rate difference between the SI group and the non-SI group. Each application for accreditation must include three letters from faculty who have SI attached to their class, and these letters must verify the minimum 60% attendance and speak to the grade and DFW differences their students have experienced.


Accreditation is granted on a three-year basis. Programs are considered for renewal after three years, providing they pay the appropriate accreditation dues, have submitted their program data each year, and have engaged in an online or in-person check in with a Certified Trainer from the International Center for SI. Should there be staff turnover in the program coordinator role, the program will have six months to ensure the new program coordinator receives training from the International Center.

In addition to the prestige of the accredited status, the accredited program would also receive financial and support-based incentives. Each accredited program will be connected with a Certified Trainer employed at the International Center for SI who will serve as that program’s personal connection to the center and will be available to that program to answer questions and troubleshoot any issues as they arise.

Finally, accredited programs will also receive acknowledgement on UMKC’s website and in the International Conference on SI official program. accredited programs will receive priority consideration for conference proposals and will be invited to a conference reception exclusively for accredited programs.

Benefits of Accreditation


      • Discounted conference registration ( $50 off ).
      • Reduced training fees for subsequent Kansas City trainings ($50 off) and onsite SI trainings ( $200 off ).
      • Discounted training materials ( 40% discount ).
      • Ability to provide SI Leader Certification on behalf of your Accredited program; includes use of official International Center for SI certificate of completion.
      • Unlimited individualized consultations with your assigned Certified Trainer (valued at $150/hour)

Cost of Accreditation


      • Accreditation Application Review fee: $75 (one-time payment, non-refundable; must be received prior to application review)
      • Initial Accreditation Fee : $525 USD ($175/year) (starting May 1, 2017)
      • After the initial 3 year accreditation : $525 for subsequent 3 years ($175/year). Programs applying for accreditation renewal do NOT pay the $75 application review fee.
      • Programs wishing to be accredited will incur the cost of attending an SI Supervisor training in Kansas City or of having an on-site training at their campus. For on-site training, programs will pay the training fee as well as all travel expenses for the Certified Trainer.


Applications for accreditation are accepted on a rolling basis. Below is a list of documents that must be included in every accreditation application. Please submit the documents in one PDF document through to this email address: Please note that review of your application will not begin until the $75 application fee is paid through our Customer Portal. Please also note that this is a one-time fee, and not necessary to pay for programs seeking accreditation renewal. Once the fee is paid, please allow 60 days for submission review.

SI Program Accreditation Application Form

Please complete the form and include it as the first page of your Accreditation Application: Accreditation Application Form

SI Program Accreditation Rubric

Click the link  to view the rubric that we use to evaluate all accreditation applications: SI Program Accreditation Rubric – Revised August 2020

Program Narrative

Provide a brief, one-page narrative that describes the SI program structure and when it started; how many Leaders work for the program; how many courses are supported; and how many professional staff work for the program. Please also mention and explain any modifications to the SI model that your program has made.

Program Contact Information & Supervisor Training

Please include the name, telephone number, and email address of the SI Program Coordinator, as well as the name, telephone number, and email address of the director of the department where the SI program is housed. Indicate which person has attended SI Supervisor training and when, OR include the Certificate of Completion presented at the end of the training. Finally, provide the mailing address to which accreditation correspondence should be addressed.



      • From all SI supported courses for all semesters from Spring 2014 to present; must submit at least the three most recent, consecutive semesters of data to qualify for accreditation
      • Course data must be provided separately and each course’s data must include SI group/non-SI group totals, average GPA for SI/non-SI groups, and the number of students receiving DFW outcomes (not percentages) in the SI/non-SI groups. Templates for summary data can be found on our website.
      • Data must be submitted at the end of every semester using the International Center’s data template during a program’s accreditation period to maintain accreditation.

Samples of Plans

Must provide three consecutive plans for five different SI Leaders for a total of 15 plans. All submitted plans must include supplemental planning materials, i.e. completed matrix, solved math problems, completed informal quiz, etc.

Letters of Support

From 3 different faculty who use SI support for their respective classes. The letter should include the following information:

      • Their support for the SI Program.
      • Verification that their SI Leader attends at least 60% of all class sessions offered.
      • The impact SI has had on enrolled students.
      • Verification that the SI Leader and the faculty member speak often regarding course material.

Observation Schedule & Samples of Observations from the SI Supervisor(s) or Mentor(s)

Must provide three consecutive observations for five different SI Leaders for a total of 15 observations. Please include overall observation schedule for the most recent semester.

Training & Meeting Agendas

Training agendas for the two most recent pre-semester SI Leader trainings, as well as all agendas for on-going SI Leader training/meetings throughout the most recent semester.


Programs whose three-year accreditation period is ending are invited to apply for Accreditation Renewal. The items listed below must be submitted within 45 days prior to the expiration of the original certificate end date to avoid paying the $75 review fee.

Renewal Submission Process

Programs whose three-year accreditation period is ending are invited to apply for Accreditation Renewal. The items listed within the Accreditation Renewal Checklist must be submitted within 45 days of the expiration of the original certificate end date to avoid paying a $75 review fee.

Materials must be submitted in ONE PDF file to this email address: There is no fee for renewal documents to be reviewed. Pricing for three-year accreditation is the same ($525/three year term), payable upon the renewal decision. Please allow the ICSI team 60 days to review renewal application materials.

Programs seeking renewed accreditation will be evaluated using the SI Program Accreditation Rubric, available on our website, and must achieve an average rating of “Meets Standards” to maintain accreditation.


After being awarded accreditation, what is required to maintain accreditation during the three-year time period?

Programs that are accredited by the International Center will be required to submit data at the end of every semester to maintain accreditation. They will also be required to check in with their assigned Certified Trainer from the International Center at least once per year during the three-year accreditation period. Finally, should the SI Program Coordinator leave the institution during the three-year accreditation period, the institution will have six months to have the replacement program coordinator trained by the International Center.

My program has modified the SI model to suit our institutional needs. Are we still eligible for accreditation?

We understand that programs must first meet the needs of their students, and sometimes that may involve adjusting the traditional SI model to best serve students and other stakeholders at an institution. Generally speaking, as long as a modification doesn’t hinder a program’s ability to adhere to the Core Four accreditation requirements, a program will still qualify for accreditation. However, if you are concerned that your modification might disqualify your program, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask by using the Contact Us tab above.

Why is there a fee to review our accreditation application?

Our staff reviews all applications for accreditation very closely and provides thorough comments and feedback to all institutions; those institutions that are not awarded accreditation receive more ample feedback with specific suggestions for improvement and continued support from the International Center as they endeavor to better align their program to the Core Four requirements. Also, application fees are good for up to one year, so should programs wish, they can make changes to their program and reapply within one year under the same application fee.

Can I pay my $75 accreditation application fee by credit card?

Yes! All accreditation application fee submissions and document submissions are done through our Customer Portal.

How do I pay the accreditation fee?

If a program has met accreditation requirements, they will be notified by staff at the International Center and provided a code to pay their accreditation fee. That fee can be paid through our Customer Portal by credit card. Once payment is received, the SI program will be added to the “Accredited Programs” page on the International Center’s website, and the program will be eligible for all benefits associated with accreditation.

If I am denied, do I have to pay the $75 fee again to reapply?

If you reapply for accreditation within one year of the receipt of your fee, you do not need to submit a new fee. If you reapply more than one year from receipt of the initial application fee, you will need to resubmit the review fee.

I have a semester of data that doesn't show positive results; will this cause me to be denied accreditation?

In short, no. The reason we require so many documents in your accreditation application is because we look at the program as a whole rather than letting individual components dictate whether or not a program is accredited. For example, if attendance is low one semester, but it increases in the semesters following, that progress is something we would take note of when considering your program. But, if attendance remains consistently low throughout multiple semesters, that is something that might cause us to deny accreditation.

What might cause you to deny my application for accreditation?

While it is difficult to say exactly what will cause an application to be denied, there are a few things that might, in combination with each other, cause an application to be denied: consistently seeing overall attendance of less than 15%; an SI Leader attending less than 60% of the class; observations not being conducted throughout the semester; observations not showing evidence that facilitation strategies are being utilized; collaborative learning techniques (CLTs), facilitation strategies, and learning strategies not incorporated into training; no opportunity for SI Leaders to lead a mock session in training; no ongoing SI Leader training; and/or session plans that do not have structure or do not show evidence of CLTs, facilitation strategies, or learning strategies. This is not an exhaustive list by any means, but we hope this provides a picture of what might cause us to deny an application.

What happens if my application is denied?

If we deny an application for accreditation, you will receive a thorough explanation of why and concrete suggestions for how to make program adjustments to better align your practices with the Core Four. In some cases, if the changes are implemented and results are evident within one year from when the original application fee was submitted, a program will be able to apply for accreditation again without paying an additional accreditation application fee.



For questions regarding program accreditation, please reach out to Julie Collins (